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    Thanks for solving the water mystery. Here in Switzerland, regulations concerning tap water are far stricter than those for bottled water, and the water we have at our place in the alps (actually a farm house that turned 400 y.o. this year) is as pure as can be, coming directly from a spring beneath a glacier. Of course most of the "honey" I make on a yearly basis goes pretty quickly too, but every year I take two or three jars across the Big Pond to store in the cellar of our home in rural Northern Michigan, not to be used without my express permission (yup!). That's how I can do some "research" on a few older samples. The oldest sample I have is from spring 2005, dark brown now but still good. Unlike jams it doesn't attract mould ("mold" for my American O...see more »Thanks for solving the water mystery. Here in Switzerland, regulations concerning tap water are far stricter than those for bottled water, and the water we have at our place in the alps (actually a farm house that turned 400 y.o. this year) is as pure as can be, coming directly from a spring beneath a glacier. Of course most of the "honey" I make on a yearly basis goes pretty quickly too, but every year I take two or three jars across the Big Pond to store in the cellar of our home in rural Northern Michigan, not to be used without my express permission (yup!). That's how I can do some "research" on a few older samples. The oldest sample I have is from spring 2005, dark brown now but still good. Unlike jams it doesn't attract mould ("mold" for my American Other Half et al.); I guess the sugar content is way too high for that. As for our dandelion patch, search "Tarasp Castle" in Google Images and you'll get the view from where I pick my dandelions; it's just a good 1.6 km (1 mile) from the castle, gorgeous indeed. As for bilberries -- the Alpine variety is very tasty, much more so than the way bigger but rather boring blueberries. They grow wild and are said to be unsuitable for growing in plantations. Saskatoon berries are as big as blueberries but as delicious as Alpine bilberries, but, funny enough, there is not the slightest botanical relationship!

    If you pick the right time to transfer it to the jars, the consistency is very honey-like. The taste, although about as sugary as honey, is not exactly the same, but it sure makes a good substitute for those who do not want to rob bee hives.

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  • Jackassofalltrades commented on chaumeinguy's instructable Quick & Easy Greek Salad 6 months ago
    Quick & Easy Greek Salad

    I'm a bit late on this, but thank you very much. Simple, fairly authentic and, most important, without any kind of vinegar! There are hundreds of Greek salad recipes that use vinegar, but no real Greek does that. Greek vinegar can be used for cleaning your grill but not for food. Many Greeks don't use lettuce either, but that's just a matter of taste. For those who do not like the crumbly feta stuff: It can be omitted too, the salad still is delicious. And if you don't have "Greek seasoning," just replace it with some oregano and basil.

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